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Lois Joan (Van Genderen) Van Gorp

May 3, 1936 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Lois Van Gorp Obituary

Lois Joan (Van Genderen) Van Gorp, 87, of rural Reasnor died on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at her home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2023, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will greet friends from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, November 12, at the funeral home.   Memorials to the Cowboy Church may be left at the funeral home.

Lois, the daughter of John and Elizabeth “Bertha” (Jansen) Van Genderen, was born on May 3, 1936, in rural Sully.  As a young girl, her family moved to rural Monroe and Lois would later graduate from Monroe High School. On January 25, 1957, Lois was united in marriage with Carroll Van Gorp at the First Reformed Church in Sully. They made their home north of Reasnor at the same location that they built their current home in 1977. Before her children were born, Lois worked at the Vernon Company in Newton.

Lois was a hard worker and dedicated farmer.  She always wanted to be helpful and productive and  bailed hay and did chores up until the last few years.  Lois faithfully made sure there was a meal on the table each night for everyone that was working in the fields. She loved children and was a grandma to all. She watched her grandchildren, the neighbor’s children, and any others that may come through her door.  Lois had a love of music that led her to enjoy attending the Cowboy Church in Newton.

Those left to honor Lois’ memory are her four children, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren.

Daughter:     Kathy (Curt) Nikkel of Monroe

                              Jamie (Marcee) Nikkel of Des Moines

                                    Tommy and Lily

                              Scott Nikkel of Altoona   

Son:              Bryce (Carla) Van Gorp of Reasnor

                             Kayla Van Gorp of Reasnor

                                     Vanessa and Evan

                             Cassie Null (Shannon Trulzsch) of DeWitt

                              Christina Null (Jake Meier) of Davenport


                            Jacob (Bray) Null of Monticello

                                     Grace, Nixon, and Nora

Daughter:     Bonnie (Todd) Terpstra of Newton

                              Justin (Chelsea) Terpstra of Bondurant

                                     Jayden, Jordan, Jacob, and Jaeden

                              Jeremy (Taylor) Terpstra of Monroe

                                     Tayten, Tinsley, Teslyn and Taegyn             

                              Joey (Tommi) Terpstra of Prairie City

                                    Oaklee, Colbie, and Joey Joy

                              Brandi (Austin) Crady of Monroe

                                     Landon, Beau, and one more on the way

Son:              Barry Van Gorp of Reasnor

                             Ashley (Anthony) Wilson of Ankeny

                             Gavin Van Gorp of Pleasant Hill

She is also survived by her siblings, Lila De Kruyff of Otley and Ron Van Genderen of Monroe; brother-in-law, Eldred Van Gorp of Newton; and several nieces and nephews.  Lois is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carroll in 2022; siblings, Russell (Ruth) Van Genderen, Norma (Harris) Van Waardhuizen, and Genevieve (Wilson) Dop; and her siblings-in-law, James De Kruyff and Lois Van Genderen.

The family would like to thank Alisa Schleier, Cecelia DiGregorio, Donna Blythe, Krista George and St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful care that they gave to Lois, along with her daughter-in-law, Carla Van Gorp.

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November 12, 2023

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539

Funeral Service
November 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory
1115 E. 19th St. N.
Newton, IA 50208-2539


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